Status: Full-time position
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline Date: 11/19/13
Job Summary: You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!
Qualifications: Serving as a representative in EEOC Complaints, MSPB Appeals, (and related Appellate Reviews) with responsibility for promoting the mission of the agency by thoroughly developing litigation and resolution strategies and tactics based on current case law and regulations to minimize risk and cost to the agency.
Researching the law and other guidance for each issue in the case; ability to identify each claim and the burdens of proof of each party on each claim; and carrying out an investigation and discovery plan that will identify and collect evidence relevant to each claim and the burdens of proof of each party on each claim.
Demonstrating deposition and examination skills, ability to pursue independent investigations and to assemble facts outside of the discovery procedures in order to obtain all relevant information and documents, and completing the record of the case by interviewing witnesses and collecting documents relevant to the case.
Researching and writing dispositive motions (including motions to dismiss, motions for Summary Judgment, and Motions for Sanctions when appropriate).
Conducting hearings in third party litigation (EEO and MSPB) by developing a sound hearing plan that includes, but is not limited to, identifying witnesses that will provide relevant testimony; securing, organizing, and marking relevant documents and exhibits and the procedure to introduce such exhibits into evidence or their use for impeachment purposes; planning and asking questions on direct and cross-examination; making appropriate speaking objections; and presenting sound, organized, and persuasive opening and closing arguments.
Providing training to programs on matters and issues relevant to EEO Complaints and MSPB Appeals, keeping stakeholders informed of what the law requires for a discrimination free, harassment free, and retaliation free working environment.
Promoting the development of team members and presenting training, mentoring, and coaching for enhancement of technical skills and career goals.
Creating training presentations and modulars or using those already developed within H&AB.
Incorporating and promoting the agency’s policies of diversity and cultural transformation when giving advice to programs, co-workers, and others.
Duties: Serves as the senior specialist/expert advisor responsible for directing and coordinating a comprehensive mission area-wide (AHPIS, GIPSA, and AMS) program for litigating Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
Researches, conducts, and/or monitors research involving constantly evolving difficult and controversial legal questions, issues, problems, and complex cases concerning the interpretation, application, prosecution, and defense of MSPB, EEOC, and related cases (to include reasonable accommodation issues).
Represents the agency in difficult and controversial hearings and other proceedings.
Supports, promotes, and carries out activities designed to enhance steam-lining and process-improvement processes.
Adheres to Equal Employment and Civil Rights law, goals, and objectives in performing the duties of the position.
Furnishes advice, counsel, and guidance on the various forums used in personnel matters, including issues of law and fact, government policies, and appropriate legal authorities.
Supports and assists the Branch Chief in formulating standards of personnel management for mission area agencies in assigned functional areas.
Maintains liaison with mission area managers, the Civil Rights communities of APHIS, GIPSA, and AMS and Departmental Administration, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the Department of Justice, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
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